5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Virginia

5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Virginia

With lush forests, wetlands, and mountainous regions, Virginia is a haven for primitive camping. If you’re looking for an adventure deep within nature and an opportunity to camp under the vast open skies of the Old Dominion, we’ve got you covered. Here are five beautiful backpack camping spots in Virginia. 

1. North Bend Park

John H. Kerr Reservoir takes up over 70,000 acres, including shoreline, a 50,000-acre lake, and woods. Fill your backpack and make a weekend out of camping in any of their 249 primitive campground sites while you explore the area.

2. Big Meadows Campground

The Big Meadows Campground in Madison County, Virginia, is near many fantastic hiking trails and viewing spots. Make sure to explore the area and stop by the three waterfalls within walking distance. Campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis, but you can make reservations ahead of time for some. Walk-in sites, along with other kinds, are available.

3. Grayson Highlands State Park Camping and Cabins

The Grayson Highlands State Park has tons of camping options, but those interested in primitive camping should make sure to reserve a spot. There is also group camping available. Because this is a highly popular horseback riding and camping location, the primitive camping area is centralized in a stable area campground.  

4. Chickahominy Riverfront Park

The Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg, Virginia, is known for its beautiful riverfront views and water recreation. Backpackers are welcome to camp in any of the many tents-only camping spots throughout the park. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance.

5. Horseshoe Flats Campground

Horseshoe Flats Campground in Scottsville, Virginia, is a family-owned and operated campground with tons of primitive tent sites, perfect for backpackers. Campers will enjoy the waterfront views and tours to local vineyards and breweries.